Gueye refusing PL move, despite signing

English Premier League

France youth international midfielder Pape Gueye is refusing to join Watford when his contract commences in July due to claims he was taken advantage of.

The 21-year-old captained Le Harve in Ligue 2 over the 2019/20 season and was one of the standout performers in the league with his commanding presence in midfield.

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Standing at 1.87m in height, the defensive midfielder attracted widespread interest before the Premier League outfit announced his signing in January on a pre-contract.

But since changing his agent, Gueye has made a U-turn over his future and spoke out to L'Equipe about the irregularities about the deal with the Pozzo family, who own the Hornets, Udinese and Granada in England, Italy and Spain respectively.

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"I want to condemn the circumstances in which I signed a contract for Watford and what I consider being irregularities from their representatives," he said in a statement to the French publication.

"Considering that my contract has not started yet, I duly note the end of any contractual links with Watford."

Gueye claims that his former agent did not secure the best deal his talent warrants, given that he was available for free, while his new agent Pierre-Henri Bovis suggested there were 'errors' in the overall recruitment.

While the deal has yet to be ratified by FIFA, the France youth international is legally obligated to join up with the English side on 1 July.